No formal qualifications or electrical training is required as we will teach you what is required. Most of the electrical theory is of a basic level. We are confident you will pick it up fairly quickly however our tutors are aware some students may not have a technical background so they are more than happy to explain the concepts in terms you will understand and go at a suitable pace.
No. There is no mandatory requirement for a technician to undertake a Nationally Accredited (NA) course. (more info)
Here is a response from the desk of John Blackburn – Head Tutor and Course Writer
Some course providers promote the notion if you don’t undertake a NA course it can compromise your insurance coverage.
I am not aware of a single instance of a claim under a public liability or Workcover policy has been rejected or payouts reduced based solely on the technician not having undertaken a NA course.
My research indicates insurance providers and Worksafe are more interested in whether or not the technician followed the correct procedures as defined in the Standard AS/NZS 3760.
If there was a genuine issue about insurance claims then why do those offering a NA course also offer a non-accredited version of course? It doesn’t make sense.
So it’s fair to say “Myth Busted“.
Footnote: During the 10 years I have been running a testing and tagging business I have never been refused access to a site or had any issue obtaining insurance policies based on the type of course I, or my technicians, have undertaken.
We understand there’s a lot to take in during the course and you wont be an expert by the end of the day. We also understand away from the training room you are bound to face some interesting challenges as you come across all types of appliances. Sometimes you may find yourself scratching your head and wondering what is the correct way to test that appliance. Or you might have a question about using your test equipment, where to buy supplies and so on. We’ve all been in your position and know exactly what it’s like. This is why we provide all students with life time post course support You’ll learn more about our extensive post course support program during the course. We believe it’s the best one going.
We understand your circumstances can change, often unexpectedly. If this happens, you can defer your course to another date subject to availability. A deferral fee may apply but we look at all requests on a case-by-case basis. The more notice you give us the easier it is to accommodate your request. The full details are found in the T&Cs (you’ll find a link on the registration form)
To perform testing and tagging you must meet the requirements of a competent person as defined in the Standard AS/NZS 3760. In short, this means you need to have an understanding of the application and requirements of the Standard and be able to correctly perform the required tasks. The recommended way to become a competent person is to attend a reputable test and tag course. Although the Standard does not require a competent person to be a registered or qualified electrical practitioner, some jurisdictions have specific requirements. Click here for information about QLD requirements.
The Standard is your key reference document for your testing and tagging. It contains all the procedures and protocols you must adhere to whenever you test and tag an appliance. If all you have read is a handful of “cherry picked” extracts, it means you will be left with gaping holes in your minimum knowledge requirements and and unable to meet one of the requirements of being a competent person – to have an understanding of the application and requirements of the Standard. We strongly recommend you obtain a copy and familiarise yourself with it.
The quick answer is yes. You need to keep in mind that although completing this course will enable you to test and tag a wide range of appliances, it doesn’t cover the full range of skills and knowledge you will need to run a successful test and tag contracting business. However, this course is a great starting point for you to find out if testing and tagging is right for you. If you are serious about wanting to start your own business, let us know as we have access to a lot of knowledge and experience in this area that could be of value to you.
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